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Perfect People Mover: 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Review

There comes a point in every person’s life when their family is growing and they have to make the difficult decision of whether or not to purchase a minivan. While looked down upon, minivans are the perfect vehicle for the large family that likes to go to the mall on weekends or goes on long road trips. However, there aren’t many minivans left. GM killed off their minivans in favor of three-row crossovers about a decade ago, and since then, the seven-passenger family movers have gotten better and better.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is the perfect example of that three-row family mover, and for the new model year, it gets a powerful exterior design, a luxuriously upgraded interior, a bunch of new tech, and a new top-level model that carries the High Mountain badge. Today, we take a closer look at the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Mountain and see how the Traverse model has grown-up from the outgoing model.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Mountain Exterior

The first-generation of the Chevrolet Traverse made its debut in 2008 and went on with slight upgrades until the second-generation model we see here. With that in mind, the exterior of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse was highly-anticipated and much-needed.

There is no suspicion that Chevy was going for a more masculine and bolder look for the 2018 model year of the Traverse and we think they’ve absolutely nailed it. Instead of looking like a dull family crossover, the new Chevrolet Traverse looks fashionable from every angle. The front end is highlighted by a giant grille, LED headlamps, and chrome accents. Our test model, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Mountain, featured a couple of special options including 20-inch polished wheels, D-Optic headlamps, and High Country badging so the rest of the world knows you’re driving something unique.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse sits on a wheelbase that measures 121-inches with an overall length of 204.3-inches. The width comes in at 78.6-inches with the overall height standing at 70.7-inches.

When compared to its rivals like the Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango, and the Volkswagen Atlas, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse seems to opt for a more modest and stylish exterior design language rather than going with something edgy.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Mountain Interior

When you take a seat inside the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, you’ll be greeted by an upgraded interior that has been totally redesigned and revamped. Chevy has gotten rid of the hard plastic materials in exchange for soft-touch quality materials. Resembling the new Chevrolet models of today, the 2018 Traverse’s interior is ergonomically laid out to suit the driver and their passengers.

Instead of seating for just seven passengers, the Chevrolet Traverse can be maxed out with a total of eight-passengers. The Traverse’s original Smart Slide feature has been improved with a new split-folding second-row and second-row captain seats. The seats now rise up and slide forward to provide easy passage to the third-row. Materials wise, our 2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Country came with a unique interior trim with Loft Brown leather appointments and sueded microfiber accents and power-folding third-row seats.

Our Chevrolet Traverse High Country also came packed with all the tech options including a 10-speaker Bose sound system, an 8-inch touchscreen display with navigation, tri-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, a wireless charging pad for your smartphone, OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a range of advanced driver assist features that we’ll get into later.

Dimensions wise, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse offers 41-inches of legroom for front passengers, 38.4-inches for second-row passengers, and 33.5-inches of legroom for third-row passengers.

Overall, we were very satisfied with the amount of tech and quality in the cabin of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Mountain Performance

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces a total of 310 horsepower with a maximum torque of 266 lb-ft. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models along with your choice of front or all-wheel drive (AWD). Keep in mind, the High Country trim-level is only available with AWD. The new New Traction Mode Select is standard on all models and allows you to adjust the driving mode of the Traverse to tackle all kinds of road conditions.

Fuel economy wise, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse (AWD models) average an EPA-rated 17/25 mpg* (city/highway).

Overall, we really appreciated the ride quality of the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. It is remarkably comfortable for all passengers during a fast run to the mall or on a long road-trip.

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2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Mountain Safety

Along with a lengthy list of standard safety features, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Mountain comes with a long list of optional driver assist technologies. Those upgraded safety tech options include adaptive cruise control, surround vision camera, power liftgate, blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear park assist, automatic high-beam control and much more.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Mountain Overall

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is an excellent illustration of what a three-row crossover should be. It is the perfect vehicle for those that want the utility and convenience of a minivan but don’t want to give up the styling of a crossover. Prices for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse start at $29,930**. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Chevrolet dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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